Shaft Types and Their Effects
By all normal measures I should be in X-stiff flex across the board, but my results were pretty abnormal to say the least using really stiff shafts. Probably a swing flaw or feel issue, but everything wanted to turn over on me using uber stiff shafts. Pulls and snap hooks were a constant issue while using X100s and stout graphite in driver/fw's.
Fast forward to early last summer, through 'til now, but I've put R400s in my irons and use R-flex Blueboard shafts in my driver and fairway, and the ball filght has never been better, straight and flush. The only issue I can possibly find since my switch is a slight loss of distance, around 6-8% lower. I'm sure all the dynamics involved in one's own swing can explain the added success and small distance dropoff, but I've never been playing better golf in my life. I've had a handful of 9 hole stretches under par in my last 20 rounds, and before that with the x-stiff combo I was lucky to have had 1 in about 2 years. For what it's worth, my SS with a 43.5" driver is 106, and transition/tempo is borderline violent. I cannot explain why the change has worked so well, but hopefully my trial-and-error will encourage others to explore avenues that don't fit logical explanation. I don't care if my shafts say R, I'll take my playing partners money all day as they laugh about my "weak" azz.
Titleist 915D2 10.5*, Fujikura Pro 70X 43.5"
Ping G SFT 16*, Matrix 8Q3-X 41.5"
Ping OG Rapture 2-U, DG XP - R300
Vokey 56(57*), 60(63*) DG-R400
"Rusty" Byron DH89 Pipeneck, 34" (or any of 10 2 other putters...)